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Title: J A Smyth, Ontario, to Bella Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/31
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Bella M.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.0506084
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 07:07:2005.
Word Count851
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Miss Bella M. Smyth
Co, Tyrone

[Stamp Torn off]

[Back of Envelope]
5 0

JY 28

[Written on Envelope]
Arrived Saturday
Aug 6th

[Page 1]
So. [South?] Woodslee
July 27th 1897
Dear Sister
I received your letters of
July 15th and 8th. I am always pleased
to know that all your gatherings
have passed of [off?] quietly,
I received your letter and paper
this morning and Uncle got one
from Archibald last night. It had
an account of the Newtownstewart
celebration much the same as
to-days paper. I see that you
had a good gathering there, I
am sure it was a grand sight to
see so many in one place. I would
have liked to have seen it myself
however you need not think that I
am lonly [lonely?] here far from that,

[Page 2]
I enjoy myself on all occasions
and did so on the twelfth although
I was sleeping in bed about the
time you folks were starting for
Newtown [Newtownstewart?],
I suppose you all went to see
the celebration as usual and left
Mother at home. If so I think you
should have drove her in to see
the procession on last twelfth,
I was wondering at that time
if you took her but I think by
your letter you left her at home,
You seem surprised because I
did not tell you about Willie John
going home. Well you all knew
as much about it as any of us
did. He did not write to Uncles
to let them know and I think it
was from Sarah Ann that we got
the news that he was going and
none was sure that he had
went [sic] home until to-day

[Page 3]
It seem [sic] you all think America
makes people think [thin?]. You would
not think so if you saw me now,
Anyhow you Irish people look
heavier than you really are when
I am glad to know you had
such good success [success?] with your
sheep this year. I notice in your weights
that there is not many lightweights
in the family. I am afraid John
is almost too heavy to be very
smart, I would think he would feel
lazy but I suppose he would have
to change considerable [considerably?]
in order to assume that [name?],
I have not heard from the examiners
yet all I know [sic] is in a paper
I sent you yesterday.
I expect they will be earlier
than last year, I hope so at
any rate,

[Page 4]
I am staying with Uncle
now helping with harvest.
This day is not very dry. We put
in 5 acres [sic] wheat yesterday
Morning before it rained [ahd?]
that at half past ten o clock,
We have just about half in now
(ten acres) the other ten is not
quite ready yet,
I see you people have some fun
with Steen. I think he is too
much like a priest. It is a regular
humbug to have clergymen controlling
teachers and school, I wonder why,
that is not done away with.
Clergymen have nothing to do
with either school or teacher that
is controlled by a board of trustees
elected yearly by the people,
I suppose he would dismiss a
teacher in the same way he
did the choir.

[Page 5]
(5)It is really surprising to hear the
way in which he acts. Does he try
to controll [control?] the teacher after
school hours, He would'nt [sic] me anyhow,
Who is this Miss Macklin you mention?
Is she from Newtown? [Newtownstewart?]
I am glad to know that Wm. [William?]
and Father and Mother are going
to the show. I hope William will
be in good health again,
I think after the five years are
up I would not bother [sic] the
road again. There is too much hard
work in it and not much money,
You should tell mother to not
get scared at the ships this time
I just wish I had some such place
to go to for a while not as regards
health but just for the pleasure
and fun in it, I had a letter from
Miss Ballantyne a few days ago
and she said she was going to
the seaside along with a few
other boys and girls for two weeks

[Page 6]
and she had it arranged for
me to go with them also. but
she said she was sorry I could
not come, I would write you
a much longer letter only I have
not much time, It is [worked?]
up to post time and I have
to help milk yet so I cannot
write very much this time
I suppose you think
Wm [Willie?] John looks
funny with [sic] long tailed coat
those are the style now nearly
everyone wears them.
Dont you think he is good looking
I always though [thought?] so and
he did not look thin last time
I saw him but that was Xmas
after I came back, I sent you
examination papers some few
days ago let me know what
you scholars think of them
This is all at this time
I remain yours
James A Smyth
send letters until Sep 1st
to Woodslee

[Written upside down on first page]
This is a [pretty?] [pieces?] of writing
But I am [in?] a hurry just now so you
may excuse me.

J.A.S. [James Alexander Smyth?]

Transcribed by Brendan Valentine